Bone buttons molds (4) excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.458-461
Date: 
1775-1783
Medium: 
Bone
Dimensions: 
largest: 7/8 x 3/8 in. ( 2.2 x 1 cm )
Description: 
Bone button molds excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; strips of bone with circular shapes cut out of them.
Gallery Label: 
These molds were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before or after the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, between Seaman and Payson Avenues, and at 204th St. in Washington Heights. Bone buttons were used on parts of the uniform where regulation military buttons were not required. Soldiers would cut flat strips from bones, and form buttons in the strips using a cutting tool.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group